George Harrison Beatles archive gets go-ahead

Guitarist George Harrison, September 1991. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)

THE widow of Beatle George Harrison has won planning permission to build an archive at the home they shared for 30 years.

Olivia Harrison will remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings after being given consent by South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority.

The development will nclude an archive building for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in “unsuitable conditions” in various places around the estate.

The building would measure 20m by 8m and include accommodation for an archivist.

The council said the development would preserve the character and appearance of the Henley conservation area and the setting of the Grade II listed building and would not detract from the living conditions of adjoining residents nor be prejudicial to highway safety.

Mrs Harrison will also relocate the estate security and accommodation for night staff.

The plans also include new ancillary stores, gardeners’ sheds, staff welfare facilities and machinery/car park storage plus an additional garage for the storage of three vintage cars which are currently stored off site.

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